Home venue a big plus against Limerick champs

The Holy Grail: The FAI Junior Cup which Killarney Celtic players have in their sights.
Picture: Konrad Paprocki

BANG in form Killarney Celtic FC have been drawn against very formidable opponents in the quarter-final of this season’s prestigious FAI Junior Cup.

The draw, made at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown, pitched Brian Spillane’s side against Limerick hotshots Fairview Rangers but the Killarney side has the major advantage of a home venue.

Wayne Sparling: In great scoring form

The big game will be played in Celtic Park on the weekend of March 21/22.

Rangers are one of the top sides in the country and they have already won the FAI Junior Cup no less than eight times. They are also seven-time winners of the Munster Junior Cup and they have won the Limerick Premier League on a total of 14 occasions.

If Celtic advance to the last four they will face the winners of the quarter-final clash between Athenry FC of Galway and Dublin outfit Rush Athletic and the Killarney side will again have a huge home venue advantage.

The remainder of the last eight draw sees Leinster Senior League side Usher Celtic take on Gorey Rangers of Wexford of Castlebar Celtic of Mayo with another Mayo side, Westport United, having home advantage against Oliver Bond Celtic of Dublin.

Kerry league and cup double winners Killarney Celtic reached the FAI Junior Cup last eight, courtesy of a convincing 3-0 victory away to Carlow’s Crettyard United at the weekend.

Celtic dominated the game from the off but were unable to convert possession into scores in the first half during which Adam O’Rourke won a penalty which was saved.

Matt Keane played well against Crettyard United

Celtic continued to force the issue in the second half and eventually the breakthrough came when Matt Keane found Stephen McCarthy in the box and he turned and hit the net for a deserved lead.

Celtic increased the lead late on when Wayne Sparling was played through by Shane Lowth and he finished with admirable coolness.

The best was saved for last, however, when Sparling cut in from the left across the edge of the box and curled his shot in to the top right hand corner of the net.

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